Good Morning Everybody,
We wrapped week two of my Digital WakeUp Call tour last night in Buffalo - again a good time was had by all. Today we head back home - a pretty long drive, but LaDawn and I picked up this "book on tape" entitled, "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch [link]. It's a fascinating and up lifting book about a young man who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and how he faced the challenges of the disease by determining what is really important in life and living his life that way to the end. We would give this book a big "thumbs up" - worth every minute of the listen.
As LaDawn and I travel the country with the tour, we are driving most of it. The benefit is that we have a wonderful opportunity to see more of our great USA than most Americans. I'm really looking forward to our swing through the Southwest next week. It's a part of the country we have not explored much. Our drive from Phoenix to Tucson, El Paso, Albuquerque then on to Denver and finally to Salt Lake City should change all that. I hope to post a picture or two from our travels.
Anyway, let's get right to it. Last week's Soap Box Friday topic, "Are We Doing Ourselves And our Clients A Disservice If We Deliver Wedding Images On A DVD?" [link] caused quite a stir, but I think is was a good opportunity for discussion. That was the purpose of the post - to get dialogue started on the topic and dialogue is what we got. Here is the link to last week's post - be sure to read all the comments that follow - quite fascinating.
Today's topic should really "stir the broth". Give it a read and join the fun. Here we go...
Soap Box Friday: Great Religious Digital Argument #1 - PC vs. MAC. Let The Wars Begin
I've been involved in computers for a number of years. I'm a Physicist and Engineer by training and was even pursuing a third degree in computer science a few years ago in my collage days. I'm a really geeky guy. Anyway, everybody is in full swing with computers these days - PC, Mac, and even Linux. The software on all platforms gives us unlimited possibilities to retouch/enhance photographs, run our businesses, purchase nearly everything our hearts desire, make new friends, solicit countless avenues of information and entertainment or to just explore and have fun. Whenever I give a program, one of the great arguments of Digital Photography unusually comes up - PC vs. Mac. And, the most common comment I hear is, "If the software doesn't work on a Mac then I'm not interested."
When I hear those remarks, I jokingly refer to them as a "Mac attack." Why, because I NEVER hear such remarks from the PC community. Here is the deal gang. It's always about using the best tool for the job! It should never be PC vs. Mac issue anyway. I present my program on a Mac Book Pro computer running Parallels for the PC side of things. I like the Mac for some it's software tools and I prefer the PC for a different set of software tools. It's that simple and clear cut for me. I simply use the right tool for the job!
I think that if I used the Mac/PC logic to purchase a camera, I probably never would have purchased a 35mm camera. Follow my logic, "Well, if my 35mm camera doesn't shoot medium 120 format, I'm just not going to buy it." It is the same kind of logic with the PC vs. Mac issue.
I'm a business man first and a photographer second. If I made a business decision simply based on which computer platform I preferred, I would be putting blinders on when it comes to so many other production enhancing software titles available. That's why we use both platforms - PC and Mac - I want the best of both worlds.
Folks, the choice of which computer platform to use should not be a "religious experience". It should be based on which, if not both, bring better production efficiencies to our businesses and enhanced creative possibilities to our projects. Both offer platforms that allow me and my staff to work to the best of our abilities. So why is it a war?
-Food for thought.
Hey gang, that's it for me today. We've got the long drive back to the Kentucky side of Cincy today so we are hitting the road shortly. Everybody who celebrates Easter have a great Easter weekend and for the rest, take time to enjoy the weekend too. We are off to Phoenix on Monday where we are looking at our largest crowd yet - about 275 friends of photography. See ya' in the great Southwest all next week. Adios, -David